Sr. Kathleen Hughes, RSCJ

"Liturgical theologian and former President of the North American Academy of Liturgy, Kathleen Hughes, RSCJ Ph.D, is a sacramental theologian, teacher, speaker and writer.  For nineteen years, Hughes was Professor of Word and Worship at Catholic Theological Union at Chicago, where she also served a term as Academic Dean.  Hughes left CTU to become Provincial of her religious order, the Society of the Sacred Heart, in the United States, and led her order for six years.  She is now occupied with issues of spirituality and prayer and the retrieval and reinterpretation of traditional wisdom and practice for contemporary life.  Hughes received the Frederick R. McManus Award from the Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions (2004) and the Ubilate Deo Award from the National Association of Pastoral Musicians (2010) for her contribution to the worship life of Catholics in the United States.  She has written or edited eight books, served on nine editorial boards and published several hundred articles and reviews demonstrating a broad range of interest in worship, sacraments, preaching, language, feminism, and spirituality.  Hughes was the first woman to receive a Ph.D. in Liturgical Studies from the University of Notre Dame."